DNA Favorites Blog

This is Richard Hill, founder of DNA Favorites. I don't write long, detailed blogs. My blogging style matches that of my website: clear, concise summaries with links to learn more.

I typically share these posts to my DNA Favorites Facebook page and to my RichardHillDNA accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can follow me in whatever medium you prefer.

Dec 07, 2022

Reuniting Adoptees from Korea with Birth Families

A group called 325Karma is using DNA tests to reunite Korean and mixed-race adoptees with their biological families.

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Dec 05, 2022

Kidnapped Woman Reunited with Family thru DNA Test

After 51 years, a woman kidnapped as a baby has reunited with her family thanks to a 23andMe DNA test.

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Dec 02, 2022

The Amazing Power of the Big Y-700 DNA Test

Big Y-700 from Family Tree DNA is the ultimate Y chromosome DNA test. But many people don't understand or appreciate it yet. Read this to learn.

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Nov 30, 2022

Even a Supermodel Can Find Family thru DNA Testing

I never expected to see a DNA reunion story in Vogue. But Natalia Vodianova Found Her Long-Lost Sister this way.

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Nov 25, 2022

Casting Call for "Finding Your Roots"

The "Finding Your Roots" television show is searching for a non-celebrity viewer to feature in its 10th season. Apply now if you have a family mystery you'd like them to solve.

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Nov 25, 2022

DNA Reveals that Best Friends are Sisters

Two women who were already best friends identified their relationship and discovered more family through a DNA test. This NBC News video tells their story.

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Nov 23, 2022

Five Ways to Use the New DNA Coverage Estimator Tool

Earlier I posted about a new tool at DNA Painter. This article tells how you can use this tool in family history research.

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Nov 21, 2022

Brothers Reunited through DNA Test Led Remarkably Similar Lives

Adopted to different homes at birth, these men in the 60s have a lot of catching up to do. One calls their meeting "the best thing to happen to me."

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Nov 18, 2022

A DNA Test Finds the Father She Thought was Dead

A German woman fathered by an American soldier was told that her father died in the Vietnam war. A genetic genealogy DNA test found that he was still alive.

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Nov 16, 2022

How DNA Can Confirm Native American Ancestry

Using DNA tests to discover Native American ancestry is not as simple as you might think. This excellent article describes the 13 steps that may be required.

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Nov 14, 2022

How Those Vikings Skewed Your DNA Ethnicity

If you unexpectedly see Sweden, Denmark, or Norway in your ethnicity results, it's the fault of the Vikings. This article explains why.

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Nov 12, 2022

DNA Test Brings Happiness to a Korean War Veteran

A Texas man, who never knew his father, uses a DNA test to track him down. What happens next is a wonderful story you won't want to miss.

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Nov 11, 2022

Child of Sperm Donor Finds Siblings thru DNA Test

Raised as an only child this 36-year-old woman, conceived through artificial insemination, was always curious about her paternal family. Now DNA testing had introduced her to paternal siblings.

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Nov 10, 2022

The Lowest Price Ever on MyHeritage DNA Test

Right now you can buy the MyHeritage DNA test for just $39. It has a huge, rapidly growing database of users and is the most popular DNA test in Europe.

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Nov 09, 2022

Adoptee in Australia Reunited with Long-Lost British Family

An unwed mother was sent from England to Australia to give birth in 1958. Now a DNA match with a cousin has led that daughter to a reunion with her British brother and sisters.

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Nov 07, 2022

A New DNA Program on Television

"Your DNA Secrets Revealed" is a new PBS Television Special hosted by Diahan Southard. Unlike celebrity genealogy shows, this program features real people. It will appear on many PBS stations beginning 11/26/22.

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Nov 04, 2022

Get Your Signed Copy of "Finding Family"

As requested, you can now order a signed copy of "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" directly from me, the author. Just $20 including shipping to U.S. addresses.

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Nov 02, 2022

A Useful New DNA Coverage Tool

DNA Painter keeps adding useful tools for genealogists using DNA tests. Here's a quick summary of the new DNA Coverage tool.

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Oct 31, 2022

Alone in the World, Woman Finds Her Father in Norway

This is a really nice story of DNA testing and genealogists working together to reunite a woman with her birth father.

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Oct 28, 2022

Discount at Legacy Tree Genealogists

Are you finally willing to get some professional help with your knotty family tree? I like Legacy Tree Genealogists and they are offering discounts for Family History Month.

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Oct 25, 2022

All DNA Tests Sale-Priced Now at Family Tree DNA

Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and the Family Finder test are all sale priced right now at Family Tree DNA. I have used and can recommend all of them.

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Oct 24, 2022

Scheduling Presentations on Genetic Genealogy

DNA testing remains a hot topic and I’ve assembled a list of top genetic genealogy speakers.

If you belong to a genealogy society or work for a library, you need to check out the following page on my website.

Myself, I currently offer four entirely different presentations on DNA testing topics that I update before each event.

I’m located in Michigan, but I continue to give virtual presentations to groups all over the U.S.

My speaking fee is only $200. See the link for topics. 2023 dates are filling up, so now is the time to act.

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Oct 21, 2022

How Well Does AncestryDNA Sort Matches by Parent?

The new SideView feature sorts our genetic matches on AncestryDNA into paternal and maternal sides. Leah Larkin has tested it and provides a great review and explanation.

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Oct 19, 2022

New Library of DNA Matches

A new genetic genealogy tool by Cody Ely is now available at DNA Painter. It visualizes the DNA shared due to different relationships. This article explains what it is and how to use it.

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Oct 17, 2022

Another DNA Reunion Covered in Newsweek

Like me, this woman in Australia spent decades searching for her birth father before a DNA test led to the answer. She then found siblings on the other side of the world.

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